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The personal injury trial attorneys at Hupy and Abraham will be fierce advocates in your time of need. With offices across Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, and representing clients hurt by all types of motorcycle crashes, we are available where you need us and when you need us.

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  • My Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyer said he will take my case on a contingency fee basis. What are the advantages of contingency fees?

    When you hire a Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorney on a contingency fee basis, you agree to pay the lawyer a fixed percentage of the amount you recover when you win your case. The money comes directly out of your settlement. If you don’t win, you don’t have to pay attorneys’ fees, but you may have to pay court costs and similar charges.

    Advantages of Contingency Fees

    The main advantage of hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer on a contingency fee basis is that you do not have to pay your attorney up front. Motorcycle accidents are expensive. The injuries are usually serious, and the victim is unable to continue working during his recovery. If attorneys’ fees had to be paid up front, most motorcycle accident victims would not be able to afford legal representation. They would be at the mercy of insurance companies.

    Another advantage is that your attorney does not collect his fees if you lose. This means he’s only going to accept your case if you have a good chance of winning. Since his fee is based on your settlement, your attorney will do his best to make sure you get all the money you are entitled to.

    Some clients worry that they are better off taking the insurance company’s initial settlement than paying part of their settlement in attorneys’ fees. Studies have shown that motorcycle accident victims who hire a lawyer receive significantly larger settlements, even after paying legal costs.

    Are you ready to discuss your Wisconsin motorcycle accident case? Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 and ask to schedule a free consultation.

    The more you know, the more you can help yourself. Request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • My husband suffered a brain injury in an Appleton motorcycle accident. Since the crash, he has not been the same person. He is snappy and doesn’t seem to enjoy life. We are very worried, but he rejects our offers to listen. What can we do to help?

    It is not unusual for a victim of a motorcycle accident to become withdrawn or depressed. An Appleton motorcycle accident is a traumatic event. Victims often suffer from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. This can cause changes in personality. But brain injury can also cause personality changes after a Wisconsin motorcycle crash.

    Nearly 60 percent of brain injury victims suffer a personality change in the first year. There are two ways that brain injury causes personality change:

    • The damage to the brain changes the way the brain experiences, understands, modulates, and expresses emotion.
    • The patient suffers depression, anxiety, sadness, or another emotional reaction as a result of living with the brain injury.

    Physical changes to the brain can be very confusing to both the victim and his loved ones. The patient believes that his reactions are appropriate. He is simply doing what his brain tells him to do. It can be disorienting when family members make a big deal of the changes.

    It can be helpful for both the accident victim and his family to undergo counseling or therapy. The therapy can help the person with TBI learn to appropriately express his emotions. Therapy can also help a family learn to cope with the changes in their loved one.

    Therapy is expensive, but it may be covered by your loved one’s Illinois motorcycle accident claim. To learn more about compensation after a Appleton motorcycle crash, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims or call the Appleton motorcycle injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678 .

     

  • The deer near Wausau don’t seem be reading my “Watch for Motorcycles” sticker. What can I do to avoid Wisconsin deer-motorcycle accidents?

    Deer are a growing hazard. In the late 1970s, crashes involving deer accounted for about 5 percent of motor vehicle accidents. But by 2011, more than 15 percent of accidents involved deer. According to the State Farm insurance company, one out of 79 Wisconsin drivers will hit a deer this year.

    When the driver of a car hits a deer, he is protected by safety features such as airbags and seat belts. When a motorcyclist hits a deer, there is no protection. The rider is thrown from his motorcycle. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 68.8 percent of Wisconsin deer motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death. Nationally, deer collisions cause about 200 fatalities each year; about 140 of those who die are motorcyclists.

    Since you can’t slap a “Watch for Motorcycles” sticker on a deer’s rump, it is up to the rider to prevent Wisconsin deer-motorcycle crashes.

    The Wausau motorcycle accident lawyers at Hupy and Abraham suggest that Wisconsin motorcyclists take the following precautions to avoid collisions with deer:

    • Watch for deer. More than 18 percent of deer-vehicle accidents happen in November. October and December also have high rates of deer crashes.
    • Stay alert, especially on roads near wooded areas.
    • Slow down in deer crossing zones. Deer crossing zones are areas where a high number of deer have been reported.
    • Slow down when you see a deer. Deer are very unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.
    • If you see one deer, expect there to be more. Deer travel in groups.
    • Use your high beams when driving at night (if it is safe to do so).
    • Make sure that your brakes and tires are in good condition.
    • Don’t swerve to miss a deer. This could cause you to lose control of your bike or put you in the path of a larger vehicle.
    • Try not to frighten a deer. Honking your horn could cause the deer to panic and run at you.
       

    If you are in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash, Hupy and Abraham is here to help. Request your free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims or call us at 800-800-5678. We offer free consultations to injured riders throughout Wisconsin.

     

  • What are some of the social problems that can be expected after sustaining a brain injury due to a Wisconsin motorcycle accident?

    The brain is a very delicate and complex part of the body. Sustaining a blow to the head—like those many riders have experienced during a Milwaukee motorcycle accident—can cause damage to the brain. Serious brain injuries are called a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Due to the nature of motorcycle accidents, traumatic brain injuries are very common.

    After a motorcycle accident victim has sustained a brain injury, he may experience a wide spectrum of associated symptoms. Many brain injury victims find they have increased difficulty dealing with social relationships. Social settings such as work, home, school, or parties may now be challenging to navigate.

    Some of the common social difficulties that a Wisconsin motorcycle accident victim suffering from a TBI may experience are:

    • Interpersonal communication skills. Having problems with interpersonal communication skills can affect the ability to listen to others or understand how to take turns in a conversation. It may also affect eye contact, personal space when interacting, body language, and facial expressions.
       
    • Understanding nuances. Suffering from a TBI affects the ability to understand nuances in a social relationship. The person may not be able to pick up on social cues regarding inappropriate behaviors.
       
    • Sensitivity. Individuals who have sustained a TBI may become less sensitive to social norms and have less sensitivity to other people’s feelings. This may cause them to use inappropriate language or act in a socially unaccepted manner.
       

    If you have suffered from a TBI or any other injury associated with a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You need to contact a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney Hupy and Abraham to get the compensation you need. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation and to order a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

     

  • I see a lot of deer while riding my motorcycle. Can a deer whistle prevent Wisconsin deer-motorcycle accidents?

    Wisconsin ranks second in the nation for deer-motor vehicle accidents. One out of 79 drivers in Wisconsin can expect to hit a deer this year and many of these accidents will happen in the next month. Wisconsin deer-motorcycle accidents peak in late October and early November.

    Many people buy deer whistles to prevent such accidents. A deer whistle is a device that attaches to your motorcycle. When you travel at speeds greater than 35 miles per hour, the whistle emits a tone that is inaudible to humans, but can be heard by deer. The sound is supposed to deer stop in their tracks so they don’t dash into your path. Could stopping Wisconsin deer-motorcycle crashes be that simple?

    No. According to the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is no hard evidence that deer whistles actually work. Rob Found, a wildlife researcher at the University of Alberta, says that many deer whistles emit a sound that is outside the hearing range of deer. Even when deer hear the noise, it tends to blend in with background traffic sounds. He cautions against using deer whistles.

    Instead of relying on a deer whistle, use care when driving in deer crossing zones, especially during dawn or dusk when deer are most active. Slow down and watch the sides of the road. Deer travel in groups, so if you see one deer, you should expect to see more.

    The Wausau motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham help injured motorcyclists get fair insurance compensation. To learn more about your rights, use the contact form on this page to request your free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, or call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

     

  • I hit a deer with my motorcycle. Are Wisconsin deer-motorcycle accidents covered by insurance?

    Wisconsin operates under the tort system. When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, someone must be determined to be at fault. The party who is at fault is liable for the accident and their insurance company pays for the damages.

    What happens when you hit a deer with your motorcycle? You’re not at fault. You were following all the rules of the road. You certainly could not prevent the deer from jumping out of the woods and in front of your bike. But the deer isn’t at fault either. The deer was just doing what deer do—and deer don’t carry insurance.

    You are left with a broken leg and a broken bike. Who pays?

    Wisconsin requires that all motorcyclists have enough insurance to cover the following:

    • $25,000 for bodily injury or death to one person in a single accident
    • $50,000 for bodily injury or death to two or more persons in a single accident
    • $10,000 for property damage in a single accident
       

    However, liability-only insurance coverage does not generally cover injuries to the rider or damages to his motorcycle. In order for your Wisconsin deer-motorcycle accident damages to be covered, you must have comprehensive insurance coverage as part of your motorcycle insurance policy. If you swerve and miss the deer, the accident may be covered under your collision coverage.

    It can help to have a Wausau motorcycle accident attorney take a look at your insurance coverage. There may be compensation that you aren’t aware of. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

    For more information about Wisconsin motorcycle accident claims and riders’ rights, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

     

  • I refused medical help at the scene of my Milwaukee motorcycle accident because I thought I could tough out the pain. I ended up at the doctor the next day and was diagnosed with serious injuries. Did I hurt my case?

    We are sorry to hear that your injuries were more significant than you first thought they were in the hours following your Milwaukee motorcycle accident. You did the right thing by getting medical care the following day, and you may not have hurt your case.

    The most important reasons to get medical care are to help with your physical recovery and to minimize your pain. We hope that your doctor was able to diagnose your injuries and develop a treatment plan for you to achieve those goals.

    Your medical care may also be important to your legal recovery. In order to recover damages for your Milwaukee motorcycle accident injuries, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident and that your injuries would not have occurred but for the other driver’s negligent or deliberate actions. Thus, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. However, you, together with an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyer, may be able to establish causation if you saw a doctor the day after your injuries.

    For more information, our Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys encourage you to contact us directly via this website or by phone at 414-223-4800 and we invite you to read our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, which is available for FREE on this website.

  • Several of my rider friends have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents that occurred when a driver made a left turn in front of their bikes. Is there anything a rider can do to prevent Illinois left turn motorcycle accidents?

    Our Bloomington motorcycle accident lawyers see this scenario a lot. The driver of a passenger vehicle makes a left turn in front the motorcycle. The motorcyclist doesn’t have time to get out of the way. He ends up with serious injuries.

    These types of Illinois motorcycle accidents are almost always the fault of the car driver. The driver is distracted or just didn’t think to look for motorcycles. Sometimes the driver sees the motorcycle, but he misjudges the motorcycle’s distance or speed.

    In our recent article, Watch for Motorcycles and Prevent Illinois Motorcycle Wrecks, we explain how car drivers can look out for riders. But riders can also take steps to protect themselves:

    • Be aware of other vehicles. Keep an eye out for drivers who are signaling, braking, slowing down or otherwise indicating they may turn. Keep an eye out for drivers when passing driveways, entrances, and intersections.
       
    • Never assume the driver can see you—even if the driver appears to be staring right at you.
       
    • Never assume that a vehicle will yield to your right of way.
       
    • Slow down at intersections so you have more time and room to maneuver and to stop if necessary.
       
    • Be prepared. When approaching an intersection, think about where you will go if a vehicle crosses your path.
       

    The Bloomington motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are dedicated to protecting the rights of Illinois motorcyclists. If you are injured in an Illinois left turn motorcycle accident, contact Hupy and Abraham at 866-532-4800 to find out how we can help you. The initial consultation is free.

  • My husband was injured in a Milwaukee motorcycle accident. He has recovered from his physical injuries, but he seems withdrawn and edgy. What are the signs of PTSD after a motorcycle crash?

    Our Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys see many crash survivors who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Wisconsin motorcycle accidents happen in an instant. The rider is enjoying his bike when everything changes. There is no warning and there is no way to prepare. Motorcycle crashes can cause serious physical injuries, but they can also cause mental and emotional injuries. PTSD is one of these injuries.

    Symptoms and signs of post-traumatic stress disorder after a Wisconsin motorcycle crash:

    • Recurring dreams about the accidents
    • Persistent flashbacks or memories of the accident
    • Reliving the feeling experienced during the motorcycle crash
    • Obsessing about the accident
    • Acting as if the accident is still happening
    • Anxiety or stress when reminded of the motorcycle crash
    • Lack of interest in the motorcycle or anything associated with motorcycling
    • Avoiding the scene of the accident
    • Inability to remember the accident
    • Loss of interest in favorite activities
    • Appearing withdrawn or detached from family and friends
    • Numbness or an inability to experience emotions
    • A feeling of impending doom
    • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
    • Irritability
    • Emotional outbursts
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Appearing “on alert” at all times
       

    Suspect PTSD if the symptoms last for more than one month after the motorcycle accident or start more than three months after the crash. Encourage your husband to discuss his symptoms with a doctor or counselor. It is possible to recover from PTSD with help.

    The Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyers at Hupy and Abraham can’t fix your medical problems, but we can help you get justice and accountability after your Wisconsin motorcycle wreck. Learn about your rights in The Ultimate Guide For Motorcycle Accident Victims or call us at 800-800-5678.

  • I’ve never worked with an Illinois lawyer before. Why should I call one after an Illinois motorcycle accident?

    It can be difficult to do anything for the first time and that includes contacting a lawyer. You may have ideas about lawyers, you may be very independent, and you may be hesitant to contact an attorney.

    However, before you make a decision about whether or not to call an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer after an accident injury, we encourage you to know the facts. More specifically, we want you to know that:

    • The defense is almost always going to have an attorney representing them. This means that, if you try to bring your own case, you will likely be going up against experienced lawyers who know what they are doing.
       
    • You are not making a long-term commitment by calling an Illinois motorcycle accident attorney for an initial consultation. Instead, you are agreeing to one meeting.
       
    • Illinois personal injury lawyers are on your side. It is our job to zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery. Insurance adjusters and others cannot say the same thing. Instead, they have competing interests and their goal is not to maximize your settlement.
       

    For more information about why you should call a lawyer after an Illinois motorcycle accident, we encourage you to call us today at 309-827-4800 or 866-532-4800 to schedule an initial meeting. We also invite you to learn more about your rights after a motorcycle wreck by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.